Study of water agency
is rejected 61-.77.
By DAvD M. SNYDER used by the authority to sue Pinelas. He said none of
st. fotureI T.nm. Sm wri the other authority members- Hillsborough and Pas-
--co counties and the City of Tampa has offered its
---CIEARWATER-The West Cost Regional Wa- wellfields to the authority.
S t lyAuthorit ree-county group that was.- -
'reatao ren ion squaobbl ver water acquisi-" ,: County Atty. Gray Dunlap said Pinellas has a legal
Stion received a vote of confidence Tuesday from the -obligation to pay the money.
Pinellas County Commission. The commission also:
The commission rejected Commissioner Don : Agreed to give a North Piellas rancher $7,00
Jones' cll for a citize study of Pinellas' participation to pay the extra ost of irrigating his land.The rancher
in the authority. Jones contends that the authority is contendsthatwater pumping at a nearby Pinellas well-
wr- king against Pinelas interests- field was lowering the water table under his land, mak-
Instead, the commission approved a $50,000 pay- ing it necessary for him to sprinkle his pastures to
ment to the authority. The money is part of Pinellas' make them suitable for grazing.
share of the authority's operating costs. The money V. Paid $244,36850 to the Pasco Water Authority
had been withheld because it was earmarked in the au- Inc a private, profit-making water supply firm, for Pi-
thority budget for legal fees for obtaiin'm wellfields nellas' share of construction costs on a water pipeline
owned by Pinellas and St. Petersburg, both authority .from Pinellas to West Pasco County. Pinellas will use
members. part of the line to supply water to developments north
Jones argued Tuesday that the $50000 may be of the Andote River in Pinellas County.